Leading the Nation in Innovation

High Tech Meets the High Plains

If you don’t think high tech when you think Grand Forks, let us change your mind. Grand Forks is home to the University of North Dakota, a Carnegie Doctoral Research Institution with an international reputation for research, notably in health sciences, nutrition, energy and environmental protection, aerospace and engineering. We have dedicated Research Institutes for Autonomous Systems (RIAS), energy development, and biomedical areas. Grand Forks is home to an Air Force Base and the first UAS development park, data centers, a tech accelerator (and another one currently being developed). Logistically, we just happen to be the perfect position for high tech development. And one more thing, we have a great workforce of really smart people.

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operational UAS integration test site


UND Aerospace was the first four year degree UAS Operation program to receive Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) Accreditation for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).


North Dakota is ranked #2 in the nation for ultra-fast internet access

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North Dakota has invested more than $938 million in broadband over the past five years.


Percentage of North Dakotans with gigabit internet access




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